Blanche Ring

Blanche Ring

Blanche Ring (April 24 1871, Boston, MassachusettsJanuary 13 1961, Santa Monica, California) was an American singer and actress in Broadway theatre productions, musicals, and Hollywood motion pictures.

In John Parker's "Who's Who In The Theatre" (eleventh edition) she listed 1877 as the year of her birth rather than 1871, which was correct. This was done for business reasons.

Blanche was a granddaughter of James H. Ring, a leading comedian of the Boston Museum company. Her great-great-grandfather, Charles Fisher, came to this country from England. He journeyed with theatrical caravans as far west as the Mississippi River. Her heritage was English-Irish-Scottish. Four generations of her ancestors were Shakesperian actors. Her great niece is conductor Jane Ring Frank.

inger In Theater

Miss Ring made her debut at sixteen in "A Parisian Romance", with Richard Mansfield. Later she acted with Nat Goodwin and Chauncey Olcott. In 1902 she had great success with "In The Good Old Summertime", and followed this with another hit song, "The Belle of Avenue A", performed in "Tommy Rot". "Tommy Rot" was staged at Mrs. Osborn's Playhouse in New York City. "I've Got Rings on My Fingers" was introduced when Blanche performed in "The Midnight Sons" in 1909. Will Rogers spoke his first lines on stage in Ring's play "The Wall Street Girl". In 1910 she recorded "Come Josephine In My Flying Machine" after introducing it in a Broadway show and the song became one of her biggest hits.

Among her other songs of note include "Bedelia" and "I'd Leave My Happy Home For You". The former was featured in "The Jersey Lilly". During World War I the singer was popular with "They're All Out Of Step But Jim".

Blanche possessed a fine talent for mime. This helped her advance in musical revues. Her impersonations were paired with those of Charles Winninger in the "Passing Show of 1919", performed at the Winter Garden in New York City.

ilent Film Performer

Miss Ring came to Hollywood in 1916 to star in the silent film "The Yankee Girl". She played dramatic roles for some time. She acted in the motion picture "It's The Old Army Game",(directed by her nephew Eddie Sutherland) with W.C. Fields in 1926. On the stage she appeared in "Cradle Snatchers" and "The Great Necker", among others. She came back to make such musicals as "Right This Way" and "Strike Up The Band".

Her final stage performance was in New York in 1938. She had a role in "Madame Capet", which starred Eve La Galliene.

Personal life

The singer was married four times
*Walter F. MacNichol
*James Walker Jr.
*Frederick Edward McKay, theatrical manager
*Charles WinningerAll of the marriages ended in divorce; she bore no children. Ring left New York in 1959.

Her sister was Frances Ring, who married the popular silent film actor Thomas Meighan in 1909.

Her sister Julie Ring was a stage actress and the mother of film director A. Edward Sutherland.

Her great niece is conductor Jane Ring Frank.


She went to live in Hollywood with her brother, Cyril. In May 1960 she attended a reunion of former Ziegfeld Follies girls. Blanche was an honorary member of the Ziegfeld Club, though she never worked for Flo Ziegfeld.

Blanche Ring died in a nursing home in Santa Monica, California in 1961, aged 83. She had been in poor health for two years following a stroke in 1958. Her interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, following a rosary which was recited in the Church of the Good Shepherd, in Beverly Hills, California.


* [ IMDb]


*Los Angeles Times, "Blanche Ring, Early Star of Musicals, Dies",January 15, 1961, Page 18.
*New York Times, "Blanche Ring, 89, Stage Star, Dies", January 15, 1961, Page 86.

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